Natural Surroundings is owned and managed by Anne and Simon Harrap.
Our aim at Natural Surroundings is to promote wildlife-friendly gardening and to help and encourage our visitors to ‘give nature a home’ throughout the year. Naturally, we also want to promote an interest in British wildlife, especially our wild flowers, and to help people to appreciate and enjoy the countryside.
Anne was born in Sheringham in Norfolk and founded Natural Surroundings 25 years ago, initially working out of a small office in Holt before moving to the current site at Bayfield. Anne left the business in 1994, working for ‘Survival Anglia’ and then as an author (The Great British Wildlife Hunt) and garden designer, as well as raising our daughter Eleanor. Another of her greatest achievements was to win Best Courtyard Garden and a Gold Medal at the Sandringham Flower Show in 2009. She returned to Bayfield in 2013 to run the plant propagation and plant sales, and then in September 2014 the wheel turned full circle and Anne was back at the helm full-time.
Simon has had a long career as a tour guide for the British bird-tour company ‘Birdquest’, taking groups to south and east Asia, Madagascar and southern Africa. Between times he has written several books, including Tits, Nuthatches & Treecreepers, Where to Watch Birds in Britain, RSPB Pocket Guide to British Birds, Harrap’s Wild Flowers, Flowers of the Norfolk Coast, Flowers of the Norfolk Broads and, with Anne, Orchids of Britain and Ireland: A Field and Site Guide. Simon also runs a series of wildlife walks and workshops in Norfolk – see www.norfolknature.co.uk – and is the tutor for the Field Studies Council’s weekend course on the ‘Orchids of South East England’ based at Box Hill in Surrey (see https://www.field-studies-council.org/individuals-and-families/courses/2017/jh/wild-orchids-of-south-east-england-52137.aspx).